MOVIN’ and Shakin’!

8 Feb

Good morning, friends!  OK, I realize it’s not still morning on the east coast, but take pity on me since I’ve, once again, been up and at ’em since 0’dark thirty!  Luckily, Tuesday’s are ‘weight days’ (instead of ‘cardio days’) and since the hotel’s Fitness Center isn’t affected by the sunrise, I was done with my workout before 7a!  Alright, let’s rewind…

Yesterday, as the title of this post implies, our first day in paradise was pretty busy.  (That almost sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it??)  For starters, we had some hotel ‘issues.’  Specifically, we weren’t thrilled this go around with our old favorite, the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  I know, I know…How can you stay somewhere nearly 10 times, then not be happy with it?  Well, it’s simple.  The resort was sold to another company last year and although they’re still using the Hilton name, it’s not, in fact, a Hilton, which unfortunately, means that some things have gone downhill. 😦  Don’t get me wrong- the grounds and the public facilities are still amazing- but we got stuck on a low-level floor…near the back of the property…just over the dumpster…and yesterday was trash day…Ugh.  Twice we asked to be moved and both times we were refused.  To make a long story short, it’s their loss!  It turns out that a new Marriot ‘Luxury Boutique Hotel,’ The Edition, opened two doors just a few months ago and not only did they have room for us, but they upgraded us to the oceanfront penthouse ‘just to help make up for our crummy HHV experience!’  Now THAT’S aloha spirit, folks!

This hotel is FABULOUS- uber modern, uber chic, very minimalist- just up our alley!

Our room 🙂

Checking out the view...If you happen to recognize the hotel next door, that's the Ilikai, where the original Hawaii 5-0 was filmed 🙂

OK, now that we got that little hiccup worked out, on with the day!  One of our favorite things to do on Oahu is to spend a day driving around the island- literally circumnavigating it, hitting all our favorite beaches, galleries, eateries (think: roadside shrimp trucks, shaved ice stands and hole-in-the-wall Mexican bars…) along the way.  Although the drive could probably be done in about 3 hours if you were hustling, it takes closer to 5-6 to really enjoy it.  The only downside for us was that the weather was pretty sketchy all day long yesterday, so we had to just roll with the punches :).

'Pipeline' on the North Shore, where all the major surf competitions are held.

John's favorite Mexican joint on Earth, Cholo's, in Haleiwa, the best sleepy surfer town on Earth...

He's so cute 🙂

Being the nerds that we are, we always search out and explore new places every time we do this drive.  This time, we found Laniakea Beach, a well-known spot for two things: ideal North Shore surfing and Green Honu (Turtles).  These sea turtles come into the shore to feed on the seaweed growing on the rocks and then to rest while basking in the sun. They live up to about 80-years-old and get to be pretty dang large!  Best part?  They’re super laid back and very friendly, which means that you can swim with them and walk right up to them!  (Although there are ‘Honu Volunteers’ on the beach to ensure these cool cats’ safety, which I think is awesome.)

Can you spot the turtle from the rocks?

Many of the turtles here have tracking devices on their shells so their travel schedules can be studied.  Apparently, they go 500 miles away, to the Frigate Islands, to lay eggs, then return to this same beach every single year.  They NEVER visit any other beach on the island- ONLY Laniakea.  How cool is that?!  Another neat factoid is that one of the turtles dove to 570 feet last year and remained down there for nearly 2 hours- without breathing, of course- and has since been hanging out near Laniakea just taking it easy.  Again, HOW COOL IS THAT?!

At Laniakea Beach...

After talking with the Honu Volunteer (like I said, we're nerds!), we learned that this is Brutus. He's about 40 years old and is the most frequent visitor to the beach, coming in to rest about every other day. He was attacked by a shark in 2004 and as a result, has a very small rear flipper. 😦 But he's doing just fine now!

Continuing our trek around the island, other things we encountered…Hmmm…

I'm a sucker for glass galleries- always on the hunt for unique hand-blown 'orbs' for my mom. 🙂 No luck today, but at least we got to watch the artist do his thing!

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck. One of my dad's favorite plate lunch meals on the island! 🙂

Proof that I'm not the only nerd! John breaks for horrible power lines, just to gawk at how haphazardly (and dangerously!) they're thrown up there!

Watching the next storm roll in...

After a full day of exploring, we got back just in time to ring in our first ‘real’ (ie. not sleep-deprived, greasy-off-the-plane grossness) night in paradise with a gourmet meal.  Yes, we like to balance our food fascinations between hole-in-the-walls and 5-star!  We chose Roy’s, known for its Japanese-infusion menus…and for its Molten Chocolate Souffle.  🙂

The Original Roy's...

My main course. Scallops over Risotto with Pork Belly and Spicy Miso Butter...YUM!

John's main course...Pepper-Crusted Rare Ahi over Scalloped Potatoes with Crispy Onions and Broccoli Rabe. YUM!

The Infamous Molten Chocolate Souffle, baked individually on request. Oh. My. God. Delicate crispy outside, warm chocolate cake, then a center of hot liquid 'brownie batter...' served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Raspberry Coulis. WOW.

And with that, we called it a night.  Oh, the dreaded jet lag…Another night in bed before 10p, ha!  Hope everyone’s having a great week so far- talk to you soon!


2 Responses to “MOVIN’ and Shakin’!”

  1. Debbie Barbaree February 8, 2011 at 9:31 PM #

    Oh, to have the lifestyle of the young, rich and famous!!!Sounds like you are have a great time – :)!

    • Erin T. February 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM #

      Ha! I don’t know that we’re any of the above, Debbie! Usually, I think it’s more like ‘trying to stay young, working our tails off to fund our crazy travel habit, and totally unrecognizable!’ We’re certainly very lucky, though- no denying that! Kiss my favorite bulldog for me, please ma’am! 🙂

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